Run by the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) provides passports and other travel documents to UK nationals worldwide.
Based at 2 Marsham Street, London, it has become one of the most contacted arms of the British government – largely thanks to how vital it is for those leaving the country on holiday or for business.
Originally formed in 2006 as the Identity and Passports Service, the organisation was renamed following the cancellation of plans to institute identity cards across the UK – thus negating the need for that arm of the agency.
Over recent years, the Passport Office has grown in order to deal with the increased workload demanded of it. As identity theft has become one of the largest issues across the country, all first time adult passport applicants are required to attend a meeting in order to verify their application – and these interviews are generally held at one of HM Passport Office’s regional offices in Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Peterborough.
As well as dealing with travel documentation, the Passport Office is also responsible for issuing birth, death and marriage certificates. In addition to this, although child passports are technically the responsibility of the General Register Office for England and Wales, it is still the Passport Office that will deal with the administration of these applications.